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After months of leaving her fans guessing, Palin said in a statement that she and her husband Todd "devote ourselves to God, family and country." She said her decision maintains that order.
Palin sent the statement to supporters. She told conservative radio host Mark Levin that she would not consider a third party candidacy because it would assure President Barack Obama's reelection.
In a video posted on YouTube, Palin said, "you don't need an office or a title to make a difference."
I think it's particularly telling that Palin thinks of the presidency of the United States as little more than a "title" and "office"...as if she's opting not to run in another of her pageants. And I'm sure we're all happy to know that Palin really soul-searched to come to the decision to forgo that title:
“If I say no to the opportunity that’s in front of me, politically speaking, will I die?,” she said, discussing her decision making process. “But no, after making the decision today and making the announcement, I know beyond a shadow of the doubt … I know that it’s the right decision.”
Whew, that's a relief. But truly, who thought this would turn out any other way? Elections and campaigning are hard work...white papers...interviews with non-friendly media asking those "gotcha" questions like what magazines you read...having to be on the alert to not incite violence against members of Congress...having to report your donations and comply with FEC restrictions...that's no fun. It far more lucrative to give speeches and be Roger Ailes' man magnet
EDITOR'S NOTE: It's minute 16. Bye-bye Sarah. It's been fun.